Today, the National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) announced the creation of the Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus. The caucus will work to increase the participation of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats within the Democratic Party, while shaping public policy impacting the Black LGBT community.
"The Republican Party is using social scare tactics to exploit the Black community at the expense of Black LGBT Americans," said Jasmyne Cannick, Co-Chair of the Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus. "The Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus will help refocus political discussion on real issues impacting the Black community while pressing the Democratic Party and LGBT community to address specific concerns of Black LGBT Americans."
The Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus will focus on five key areas. The caucus will promote legislation with a specific focus on Black LGBT communities, increase the number of active Black LGBT Democrats within Stonewall and its chapters, provide National Stonewall Democrats with information on legislative issues as they relate to Black communities, provide political influence with Black elected officials on behalf of Stonewall members and foster relationships between the Black LGBT community and Black civil rights organizations.
The Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus will be co-chaired by Jasmyne Cannick of Los Angeles, CA and Ramone Gardenhire of Washington, DC. Cannick works in Los Angeles as a Legislative Press Deputy and is an award-winning syndicated columnist who was recently named by Essence magazine as “One of 25 Women Changing the World.” She is a board member of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s Black gay civil rights group. Gardenhire served as Deputy Director of GLBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee for the 2004 election cycle. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for DC Black Pride.
Additional founding members of the Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus include National Stonewall Democrats board member Jon Everett (Euclid, OH), columnist Keith Boykin (New York, NY), Palm Springs, California Mayor Ron Oden and Cambridge, Massachusetts Councilmember Ken Reeves.
Also today, the National Stonewall Democrats and Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus launched a web resource at: stonewalldemocrats.org/blackcaucus
National Stonewall Democrats is the only national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Democrats, with more than 90 local chapters across the nation. NSD is committed to working through the Democratic Party to advance the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.